Rikkyo University was founded in 1874 by Bishop Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the American Episcopal Church. At the time, the founders of Rikkyo University saw their mission as providing the youth of the day with “freedom.” Freedom as an opportunity to freely discuss issues of concern, to formulate their own opinions and objectives, and to equip themselves and each other with the skills needed to act upon these ideals and insights.
The freedom here is that of the individual being able to pursue their own self-realization within the context of a firm understanding and appreciation of the hopes and dreams of others and through the planning and implementation of actions to achieve their realization. This concept of “freedom” was to become Rikkyo University`s founding principal and was known in Japanese as the “Jiyu no Gakufu” (the Academy of Freedom). To this day, Rikkyo University is at times also referred to as the “Academy of Freedom.”
These concepts of “freedom” and “responsibility” today form the foundation for Rikkyo University’s education policy.